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Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship

Citizens' rights - you can set the agenda

Viviane Reding © EU

Happy Europe Day! On 9 May every year we celebrate the first move towards the creation of what we know today as the European Union. This year, European citizens are invited to help set the EU's future policy agenda. The Commission wants to hear about the problems you face when moving around the EU, whether for work, study or holiday, or when exercising your electoral or consumer rights.

Your input will form the basis for the 2013 EU Citizenship Report, to be presented on 9 May 2013. Now it is up to you to make your voice heard - you are just one click away!

This is the biggest ever public consultation launched by the European Commission, and follows the first EU Citizenship Report in 2010 which was adopted in 2010 and which listed 25 concrete actions to address problems faced by EU citizens when exercising their rights. You can read about progress made so far here.

The Commission has been working to deliver on its promises in crucial areas such as protecting the 75 million annual crime victims, banning extra credit card charges and pre-ticked boxes for online shoppers, and saving €1.5 billion per year by making it easier to register a car in another EU country.

Even so, many people continue to face obstacles when exercising their rights as European citizens. The online consultation, open until 9 September 2012, also invites citizens to say what kind of Union they would like to see by 2020.

Launching the consultation, Vice-President Viviane Reding, EU Commissioner responsible for Justice, Fundamental Rights for Citizenship, said "We must revitalise the European project. I call on every one of you to take a few minutes and share your views with us: this is about your rights and your future."

Next year – 2013 – is the European Year of Citizens. A year devoted to you, your rights and ideas. Help us have an open debate, in your home town and in your country, with your friends and with local, national or European politicians to shape the Europe of the future.